Celebrating the 75Th Anniversary of the National Industries for the Blind (Nib)by Former Representative Lee Terry
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. TERRY. Mr. Speaker, the National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and I am honored to be a
part of its celebration. Seventy-five years ago, the Wagner-O'Day Act
was signed into law, which created the AbilityOne Program as well as
NIB strives to enhance economic and personal independence of persons who are blind by creating, sustaining, and improving employment.
The NIB works with 91 agencies spread out among 35 states at over 250 locations and the agencies provide products and services for the government.
In my home state, Outlook Nebraska is the NIB provider and is an economic engine that brings valuable business to the Omaha area.
Founded in 2000, Outlook Nebraska, much like its sister NIB agencies, seeks to enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired.
It is Nebraska's largest employer for those with vision disabilities. Outlook Nebraska's work is especially important because, unfortunately, 70 percent of working-age Americans who are blind are unemployed.
The AbilityOne program makes Outlook Nebraska possible. As the official AbilityOne manufacturer of quality tissue and towel products for the government, Outlook Nebraska supplies a full line of 100 percent recycled fiber content tissue and towel products, including bath tissue, pull towels, and all compatible dispensers to the United States government.
Besides the manufacturing of products, the agency provides complete product servicing from its office and tissue-converting site in Omaha.
The agency has also developed additional services for blind and visually impaired employees, such as education and training to provide them with the technological skills that allow them to excel in their professional and personal lives.